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Blood Tests Hepatitis
Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more
Usually same day: The cms panel of hepatitis tests is routinely done within a couple of hours of the specimen reaching the laboratory. Even if the tests are batched, the results are usually available within one day. Since the routine tests are screening tests, confirmatory test, if needed, may take 2-3 days. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with hepatitis a recently. I had it 30 years ago. Why are my blood tests positive if you can't have it twice?
Depends on accuracy: There are several types of antibodies. Igg antibodies provide lifelong immunity and prevent re-infection. You may have a pos. Test now that is the igg measure. This will be positive for lifetime, and provides life-long immunity. The igm antibody is the acute phase measure that demonstrates acute infection. Identify wh/ test you had that was positive now, and in the past. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is chance of contracting hepatitis if one gets skin cut on neck of 4mm by hair trimmer at barbershop. What blood tests can be done to rule out?
Incredibly small: Licensed barbers and cosmetologists are required to clean instruments thoroughly between uses, including use of germ-killing cleaning fluids. Make sure the shop has all required licenses. There would be no reason to get a hepatitis test after a small skin cut if proper cleaning methods were used. Ask your doctor about getting vaccinated against hepatitis b if you aren't already. ...Read more
HCV antibody: The most common first line test would be an hcv antibody. Other tests include: hcv rna, which measures the "amount" of virus in your blood. Hcv genotype, which determines the "type" of hepatitis c you have. And riba, which is used on rare occasions when your doctor is concerned that a positive hcv antibody test may be incorrect (as seen with a condition known as hypergammaglobulinemia). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can my 16 year old play soccer with hepatitis a? She has had it for two weeks and feels fine. Her blood tests are not quite 100% yet.
Sure: She is not going to hurt herself but may tire more easily than usual. ...Read more
Rheum is not sure if I have sle, but ALT is 75 U/L.Can sle cause this? What blood tests can be done to diagnose autoimmune hepatitis? is this fatal?
Anti smooth muscle: SLE and some of its treatments can cause increased ALT. There are many other causes of this lab including infection, liver disease, medications, toxin/drug exposure, fatty liver, etc. you should not get to worried if this is the only abnormal lab. The lab test for autoimmune hepatitis is anti smooth muscle antibody. This is a treatable disease but, yes, it can sometimes be fatal. ...Read more
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